Distance Learning Platforms and Correlations Across Early Childhood Professional Standards
Abstract: With schools opting for a hybrid model of instruction, or 100% digital learning due to COVID-19, there is no option for lack of training. Preparing veteran teachers, as well as those just entering the profession, with the skills and pedagogy for effective online practice is mandatory. After considering each of the leading early childhood education councils and their standards for educators, there are seven themes that emerge: (1) continued learning for educators, (2) classroom environment and social emotional learning (SEL), (3) knowledge of students and developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), (4) assessment, (5) pedagogy, (6) instructional design and/or digital learning platforms, (7) reflection and feedback. The internet has a plethora of materials available for educators to use during this time; the aim is to maintain best practice and teaching content using technology as a facilitation tool for learning - never a replacement for instruction. Understanding which resources have been tried and tested by educators, that can be used to facilitate learning in a digital instructional setting no matter what technology students are using to access class is critical. This presentation compiles the most interactive resources, offers information on how each of the seven considerations for best practice are featured within this presentation, and time will be used to explore the facilitation tools, and will include time for educators to create and share.
Presider: Rachel Terlop, George Mason University